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Little known Olympic facts that will take you by surprise

Come the Olympics, the fever of sports grips every die hard sports enthusiast. Since the time of the Greek Olympics, competitive sports have always held viewers enthralled as competing teams and nations pit their very best of their talents against each other.

Various facts about the Olympics are in abundance, and more records are broken as well as new records are set with every new edition of the Olympics.

Here is a quick look at some of the interesting and even, at times, strange facts about the Olympics.

  • Contrary to the long held belief behind the Olympics torch relay dating back to the Greeks, the fact remains that the tradition of the torch relay traces back to the 1936 Olympics that were held in Berlin and was conceived as a scheme by which the superiority of the Aryan race would be established for the world to see. Thus, the torch relay race that has come to be synonymous with the Olympics actually originated as nothing more than one more tool of Nazi propaganda.
  • Do you know that the popular Olympics logo of five intersecting rings in black, red, blue, yellow, and green was not randomly designed with a random choice of a color scheme. The designer of the Olympics logo used these colors for the express reason that one of these colors features in the flag of every participating nation.
  • The modern Olympics are all about team colors, but quite interestingly, the original Greek Olympics required the participants to compete completely naked. In fact, the word, “gymnasium” is derived from the Greek, “gymnos” and indicated a school where people performed exercises in the nude.
  • The youngest ever person to compete in the Olympics of the modern period was a young Greek gymnast named Dimitrios Loundras, who was 10 years old when he took part in the 1896 Athens Olympics.
  • Currently, while an athlete can be suspended from playing only when the blood alcohol level is high enough to cause injury, the first ever person to be suspended from playing in the history of the Olympics was suspended because he tested positive for alcohol before the pentathlon event.
  • The wrestling match between Russian Martin Klein and Alfred Asikainen of Finland in 1912 holds the record of being the longest spanning match of the Olympics till date, with Klein winning after a grueling 11 hours. Ironically, he was so exhausted from the long drawn match that he was unable to participate in the final.
  • The only person to ever win an Olympics game without even realizing that she was taking part was Margaret Abbot of the United States, who thought she was taking part in a golf tournament that was being held as part of the World’s Fair at Paris in 1900.

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The bottom-most part of the large intestine is called the colon. In case of cancer, this region develops polyps, which lead to colon cancer over a period of time. These adenomatous polyps initially develop as a benign lump of cells that are non-cancerous. But, with the passage of time, they turn cancerous and result in colon cancer.

Polyps usually don’t manifest any symptoms, and even if they do, they are very few and often go undetected. Hence, doctors highly recommend getting yourself a thorough check up once you cross 50 years of age. This can help you to excise any polyps present in the colon before they can turn cancerous.

Symptoms of colon cancer

The following are symptoms that could imply the person is suffering from colon cancer.

  • Unusual weight loss
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Feeling of partial bowel relief and not complete emptiness.
  • Frequently recurring gas, cramps and abdominal uneasiness.
  • Blood in stool

Disturbance in bowel movements for prolonged durations could be due to common problems such as diarrhea, constipation, or even change in stool consistency.

Causes of colon cancer

Although the causes of colon cancer are not very well identified, it is known that colon cancer is caused due to genetic aberrations, i.e., when the DNA sequence becomes abnormal, thereby turning healthy cells into cancerous cells. As opposed to a healthy cell, a cancerous cell continues to divide even when no new cells are required. Uninhibited division of cells then goes on to become a tumor.

With time, these cancerous cells continue to divide and slowly invade the nearby normal cells and tissues. Cancerous cells can travel and affect other parts of the body by depositing elsewhere. Moreover, these new tumors are called metastasis.

A widely known cause of colon cancer is gene mutations, which could be due to inheritance as well. However, this occurs in a very few people. These gene mutations don’t necessarily mean cancer but promote an increased risk of cancer.

Prevention of colon cancer

The first and foremost way of preventing colon cancer is getting yourself screened regularly. People with an average risk of developing the disease should start with getting screened regularly from the age of 50. If you have a prior incidence of colon cancer in your family, then you should consider starting with screening much earlier.

There are various ways through which you could get yourself screened. Consult your doctor and find out which one of them is most suited for your condition.

Some medication has been found to minimize the risk of colon cancer, though this is a rough estimation and there is no deterministic amount of drug and dosage details supporting it. Aspirin and aspirin-like drugs are one such example. However, this drug is not recommended as a prevention due to its heavy side effects.

Colon cancer prevention for people with a high risk

Although colon cancer is surely a severe disorder, treating it in the early stage makes sure that you survive without further troubles. Pay attention to any early persistent symptoms and take extra precaution if you have a family history and are at higher risk of the disease.

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28 Apr, 2021

Refrigeration is extremely important for food safety and preservation. Refrigeration works in complex ways, but in general it’s meant to slow down the activity of bacteria, keeping the food you buy fresher and extending the shelf life. This technology has helped us learn more about food safety and transportation.

With refrigeration, we can carry fruits and vegetables across countries to other parts. In times before refrigeration, food items like fruits or vegetables would have a tough time making the long distance journey across the country without spoiling. With refrigeration and refrigerated trucks we’re able to preserve and transport these goods easily. However, there are some food times that are easily stored and don’t require refrigeration. Here are six foods that don’t require refrigeration

1. Hot sauce or chili pepper sauces
Hot sauce is a popular condiment that is found in many kitchens throughout the world. Hot sauce is great because it goes with so many common meals like chicken, beef, or fish. Hot sauce doesn’t need to be refrigerated because most hot sauces contain a lot of vinegar and a lot of salt, which helps reduce the growth of bacteria already

2. Avocados
Avocados have boomed in popularity throughout the last decade. Commonly found with dishes like guacamole and spread on toast, the avocado is a food that is extremely delicious. They should not be placed in the refrigerator. Placing them in the refrigerator will halt the ripening process and you won’t achieve the best tasting results

3. Bananas
Bananas are an extremely popular fruit. This fruit is both nutritious and delicious. However, you’ll want to make sure you keep them in the pantry and not the refrigerator. They have no way to process the cold temperatures. They’ll go bad extremely quickly and you’ll miss the prime ripe period

4. Coffee
Coffee is a super popular morning beverage. It can be enjoyed in many different ways like hot or iced. It can also be enjoyed in lattes and macchiatos. However, you’ll need to make sure you store your beans in a dry place. The beans absorb moisture and since your refrigerator is a very moist place, your beans will go bad very quickly and it will ruin the flavor of your favorite beverages

5. Nutella
Nutella is the chocolate-hazelnut spread that has taken the world by storm. It’s enjoyed on cakes, pastries, ice cream, and even by itself. There’s no benefit to storing this chocolate spread in the refrigerator, as it doesn’t extend the shelf life. Keeping it out of the fridge also helps savor the flavor and makes it easier to spread

6. Bread
Bread is found in almost every home throughout the world. It is popular and delicious. It can be used in sandwiches, for toast, and even for dipping in oils and dips. It should always be kept at room temperature. When you place it in the fridge, you’re causing the starch molecules to recrystallize faster. What this does is cause your food to go stale at extremely fast rates. Next time keep it at room temperature for best taste and enjoy

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28 Apr, 2021

Even though we’re not able to prevent aging, we can do things to slow down the aging process and reverse some of the effects of aging. Thanks to modern advances in the skincare and beauty industry, consumers have access to more anti-aging products than ever before. One of those are anti-wrinkle creams. 
Read on for a deeper look at several benefits you stand to gain by using anti-wrinkle creams

1. Tightens skin
Anti-aging creams can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as tighten the skin. One of the reasons why they are able to do this is because they encourage collagen production. Collagen can be best described as being a protein that’s responsible for the elasticity of our skin. As we get older, our body produces less and less collagen. As a result of this our skin gradually loses its elasticity

2. Hydrates
Another benefit you stand to gain is the fact that a good wrinkle cream can help to hydrate the skin. While skin hydration may not seem important at first glance, hydration plays a key role in your skin’s ability to remain firm. The outermost layer of our skin needs moisture so that it can rid itself of toxins and provide nutrients to our skin’s cells. Well hydrated skin is also more resilient to the effects of germs and irritants. Besides the fact that it can help to protect you from premature acne and wrinkles, it can puff up your skin, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

3. Improves radiance
Having a radiant skin, entails having skin that glows from the inside out. The key way to get your skin to glow is to provide it with nutrients such as antioxidants. Some of the most effective anti-wrinkle creams on the market are able to get your skin to glow by including powerful antioxidants in their anti-wrinkle formulas. This in itself can help to boost the look and feel or your skin, and your confidence.

4. Prevents age spots and discoloration
Age spots, commonly referred to as liver spots are tiny, dark areas on the skin. These types of spots range in size and can appear on your arms, hands and face. Age spots are also called sunspots because of the fact that exposure to ultraviolet rays is one of the most common reasons why people get spots in the first place. Anti-wrinkle creams hydrate your skin and provide it with the ingredients it needs to become more resilient to germs, bacteria, and ultraviolet rays

5. Proactive skin care 
While eye creams for under eye bags and wrinkles are not miracle serums, anti-wrinkle creams are extremely effective because they consist of essential ingredients, proteins, amino acids and other nutrients that work cohesively to improve the health of your skin. By focusing on improving skin health, you are able to see the benefits such as reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrated skin that is radiant and free of age spots. In most cases, you would have to purchase multiple different products to get each and every single one of the aforementioned benefits. Anti-wrinkle creams enable you to conduct proactive skin care practices on your skin, which help to save time and money associated with buying multiple products, and also lessens the need for dermal procedures and cosmetic surgeries, which can be quite costly

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26 Mar, 2021

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and a type of atopic dermatitis that causes skin to become itchy, rough, and inflamed. Eczema is not contagious, and many patients develop symptoms in early childhood and eventually outgrow the condition. Others, however, may need to manage the condition throughout their adult years. Triggers for eczema differ between patients but often include foods (i.e., dairy and nuts), environmental factors (i.e., weather and pollen), and certain soaps and fragrances. 

This article will introduce you to the most common soap ingredients that tend to trigger eczema flare ups: 

1. Soaps with strong aromas

Strong fragrances of any sort may not be a good idea if you have eczema. If soaps with light fragrances such as botanical oils can cause irritation, imagine the effects of strong fragrance soaps. Your skin might smell good, but it definitely will not feel good. The National Eczema Association (NEA) reported that 8% to 15% of individuals suffering from eczema have sensitivities to a fragrance. This makes these kinds of soaps a number one trigger.

2. Soaps containing cocamidopropyl betaine 

Cocamidopropyl betaine is derived from coconut oil and is present in many soaps, shampoos, and cleansers. It is very effective in cleansing and getting rid of dirt and oil. Despite this, it might

not be so great for sensitive skin, as many users report flaking and redness around the mouth, eyes, hands, and scalp. So exercise caution and remember to take note of the ingredients.

3. Soaps with botanical oils

Fragrances generally are a terrible idea for eczema sufferers. While botanical oils have a more light or “natural” fragrance, they can also pose an issue. Using soaps with botanical oils can lead to sensitive skin. For individuals with eczema, your skin is already sensitive and prone to flare-ups. These soaps may only make your condition worse and, therefore, ought to be avoided.

4. Soaps with methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI)

MCI and MI are ingredients found in many beauty items that we use, such as makeup and baby products. They help safeguard or protect these items from bacterial and fungal growth, threatening to break down the product itself. While they may be beneficial so that we have our products for longer, they aren’t quite gentle on skin. These ingredients can cause flaky, red, itchy skin in the places you applied the product and is one more trigger you do not need around.

5. Propylene glycol based soaps

One respected American Society named propylene glycol the “Allergen of the Year” in 2018 and for just cause. It too is found in many cosmetic and skincare products as well as certain medications and food. It might sound odd, but it can also be found in some eczema soaps and medications. This ingredient can cause allergy flare-ups for many eczema patients. Check the ingredients found in your soaps. If you’ve been using a soap that you realize isn’t helping your skin when it should be, propylene glycol could be the cause.

6. Antibacterial soaps

Antibacterial soaps are well known for their ability to rid our skin of germs and other microscopic organisms that mean to do us harm. For individuals with eczema, however, they may not be your best friend. These soaps deprive your skin of considerable amounts of moisture. With a lack of moisture, eczema flare-ups are often triggered, leading to itching, rashes, and a myriad of symptoms. It just isn’t worth it.

Treatment, whether child eczema treatment or teen eczema treatment, is important, especially in light of the ingredients found in many soaps and other products that can put them at risk. It is critical to stop using a product once it affects your child’s skin and always inform your doctor and look into other medications and home remedies that can offer better relief.

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